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Iraq is located in Western Asia part of Asia. It's total area is 434K km² and 1.9% of it is forest area. As of 2022 it has a total population of 44M. 71.4% lives in cities whereas 28.6% lives in rural areas.
Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, the Persian Gulf and Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest and Syria to the west. The capital and largest city is Baghdad. Iraq is home to diverse ethnic groups including Iraqi Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, Armenians, Yazidis, Mandaeans, Persians and Shabakis with similarly diverse geography and wildlife. The majority of the country's 40 million residents are Muslims – the notable other faiths are Christianity, Yazidism, Mandaeism, Yarsanism and Zoroastrianism. The official languages of Iraq are Arabic and Kurdish; others also recognised in specific regions are Suret (Assyrian), Turkish and Armenian.Starting as early as the 6th millennium BC, the fertile alluvial plains between Iraq's Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, referred to as Mesopotamia, gave rise to some of the world's earliest cities, civilisations, and empires of the indigenous Mesopotamians in Sumer, Akkad, and Assyria. Mesopotamia was a "Cradle of Civilisation" that saw the independent development of a writing system, mathematics, timekeeping, a calendar, astrology, and a law code. Following the Muslim conquest of Mesopotamia, Baghdad became the capital and the largest city of the Abbasid Caliphate, and during the Islamic Golden Age, the city evolved into a significant cultural and intellectual center, and garnered it a worldwide reputation for its academic institutions, including House of Wisdom. The city was largely destroyed at the hands of the Mongol Empire in 1258 during the siege of Baghdad, resulting in a decline that would linger through many centuries due to frequent plagues and multiple successive empires.

Modern Iraq dates back to 1920, when the British Mandate for Mesopotamia, joining three Ottoman vilayets, was created under the authority of the League of Nations. A British-backed Kingdom was established in 1921 under Faisal I of Iraq. The Hashemite Kingdom of Iraq gained independence from the UK in 1932. In 1958, the monarchy was overthrown and the Iraqi Republic created. Iraq was controlled by the Arab Socialist Ba'ath Party from 1968 until 2003. In 1980, Iraq invaded Iran, sparking a protracted war which would last for almost eight years, and end in a stalemate with devastating losses for both countries. After an invasion by the United States and its allies in 2003, Saddam Hussein's Ba'ath Party was removed from power, and multi-party parliamentary elections were held in 2005. The US presence in Iraq ended in 2011.Iraq is a federal parliamentary republic. The president is the head of state, the prime minister is the head of government, and the constitution provides for two deliberative bodies, the Council of Representatives and the Council of Union. The judiciary is free and independent of the executive and the legislature.Iraq is considered an emerging middle power with a strategic location and a founding member of the United Nations, the OPEC as well as of the Arab League, OIC, Non-Aligned Movement and the IMF. From 1920 to 2005 Iraq experienced spells of significant economic and military growth and briefer instability including wars. Since the inception of the current multiparty system in 2005, the country has seen further growth and steadier international investment, and a major decline in factional domestic attacks.

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💬 Languages

Arabic, Kurdish are the official languages.

💵 Currencies

The official currency is Iraqi dinar [1 USD = 1,309.109 IQD].

🏧 Cash / Credit card usage

As credit cards are not widely used in Iraq, we suggest you to carry cash during your travels [2017: %1.801834814]. Approximately there are a total of 🏧 1.7K ATM's in Iraq.

🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Tourism

In 2013, 892K tourists arrived to Iraq. In 2019, tourism has contributed to Iraq economy with a total of 3.6B $ income (%4).

📱 Bandwidth

Mobile internet & wifi is 🐢average with 31.27 Mbps. Broadband is 🐢average with 34.85 Mbps.

Mobile & Wifi (0.99 / 10)

Broadband (1.23 / 10)

☀️ Climate

Averag yearly temperature is ☀️ 21 °C and hot. Current 3 months (May, June and July) average is 🔥 30 °C and very hot. Current season (spring) is ☀️ 20 °C and hot.
Yearly average21 °C ☀️
3 month average30 °C 🔥
Spring average20 °C ☀️
Summer average32 °C 🔥
Fall average23 °C ☀️
Winter average10 °C ❄️
About seasons: Remember that seasons in Southern Hemisphere are opposite of the Northern one. This means that in Argentina and Australia, winter begins in June. Currently season averages are rendered according Northern Hemisphere.

📈 Economics

In 2022, gross national income (GNI) was 235B $ and with %-0.9 decrease GNI per capita was 5.3K $. In 2022, consumer inflation was calculated as %5.
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